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Donating your time and/or money is an important decision. We encourage you to take a look at the ongoing volunteer needs at Adelante to see how you might help to make a difference in the life of fellow New Mexican struggling with a disability.

Adelante appreciates volunteers in our administrative offices and in program locations throughout several counties.  Volunteers and donations of goods and services helps Adelante conserve resources regarding our direct costs.  Check out our ongoing volunteer needs. And, we can always customize an assignment for you that’ll match both your interests and schedule.


  • Volunteer Application
  • Background Check
  • Interviews with Volunteer Coordinator and Program Manager
  • Volunteer Orientation, including Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation Training for those working directly with our clients with disabilities (State required: approximately 7 hours of training.)
  • Adelante does not currently have any court-ordered community service opportunities.
Please send your questions or completed Volunteer Application to our Volunteer Coordinator.

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer in Bernalillo and Valencia Counties working with adults with disabilities.

Adelante Development Center is looking for volunteers that are 18 and older who want to work with adults with disabilities. No previous experience is required. We are looking for individuals who are cheerful and kindhearted, who can accept direction from staff, and who are physically able to be outdoors in all seasons helping to propel people in wheel chairs in various settings for day trips. Fun and fulfillment is also included!  
Volunteers in the Benefits Connection Center.

As a volunteer at Adelante’s Benefits Connection Center, you can help seniors and people with disabilities find out what benefits they are eligible to receive. 

Assist in the Benefits Connection CenterTo volunteer, you must be able to answer calls pleasantly, following a basic script, and perform administrative tasks like keyboarding, printing, and faxing. Training will be provided. You must be able to speak clearly and hear well on the phone.

Perform outreach. Several individuals are needed to help with outreach. This important volunteer role would help educate seniors and people with disabilities about the Benefits Connection Center and what it can do to help them apply for benefits for which they may qualify. Come make a difference in the lives of low-income New Mexicans! Volunteer at Adelante’s Benefits Connection Center. 
Data Entry for Adelante's Desert Harvest Food Rescue.

We are looking for individuals that are comfortable working on a computer and have great attention to detail. Desert Harvest was started in 2001 to address two needs -- to alleviate hunger in Central New Mexico and to provide volunteer opportunities for people with disabilities. Desert Harvest fights hunger in an incredibly cost-effective way, by making use of an existing but under-utilized food source: surplus food from restaurants, hotels, schools, and supermarkets that would otherwise be thrown away. At just 4 cents per meal, the program is considered one of the most efficient food recovery programs in the nation! The donated food gets delivered to 12 area agencies that provide meals to people in need.
Art Teacher volunteer for adults with disabilities.

Adelante Development Center in Albuquerque is looking for volunteers that are 18 and older who have experience teaching art and would like to work with adults with disabilities. 
Volunteer at Adelante Bargain Square Thrift Store in Los Lunas.

Adelante Development Center's Bargain Square is a social enterprise providing employment for people with disabilities. This award-winning thrift store is looking for volunteers that are 18 and older and want to work with adults with disabilities while helping with the following tasks: sorting donated items; cleaning items, if needed; or organizing our store shelves. 
Volunteers to play music or read to program participants.

Adelante Development Center (in both Albuquerque and Valencia County) is looking for volunteers that are 18 and older and are interested in sharing their love of reading and music with our clients with disabilities.